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Monday
Dec102012

New agreement between South Africa and Viet Nam - A turning point in tackling rhino poaching crisis, say WWF, TRAFFIC

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 10th December 2012—A pivotal moment in efforts to tackle the current rhino poaching crisis took place today as the governments of South Africa and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve co-operation between the two states on biodiversity conservation and protection including tackling illegal wildlife trafficking.

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Monday
Dec102012

Consumers beware: is your pet legal?

in Japanese

Cambridge, UK, 10 December 2012—Consumers buying pets should be aware of a new phenomenon, whereby the animals on sale are actually illegally sourced from the wild rather than legally captive bred.

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Wednesday
Dec052012

Review could lead to strengthened Russian legislation on endangered species

in Russian

Moscow, Russia, 5th December 2012—A review of Russian wildlife legislation carried out by TRAFFIC and WWF means a loophole that had previously allowed traffickers to get away with insignificant fines will be closed provided the Duma—the Federal Russian parliament—accept the necessary amendments.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Thai airport authorities seize hundreds of animals in two separate seizures

Bangkok, Thailand, 4th December 2012—Authorities in Thailand have rescued 343 tortoises and freshwater turtles believed to be destined for markets in Hong Kong and arrested two men who were delivering the consignment for shipping. In a separate incident, snakes, scorpions and even centipedes were found in the luggage of a passenger due to fly to Doha.

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Friday
Nov302012

Bear necessities: International conference highlights need to eradicate illegal trade in wild bears

New Delhi, India, 30th November 2012—The real life counterpart of Rudyard Kipling’s Baloo faces severe pressure from illegal trade and strong enforcement efforts are needed to protect wild bears in Asia, delegates to an international conference on bear conservation were told.

More than 300 experts from 37 countries gathered in India at the 21st Conference of the International Bear Association held from 26-30th November 2012, to discuss a wide range of bear conservation, research and management issues. 

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Thursday
Nov292012

Chinese enforcement officers learn to combat illegal marine turtle trade

in Chinese

Beihai City, Guangxi Province, China—TRAFFIC, in collaboration with the provincial CITES Management Authority, supported the training of enforcement officers from the Fishery Department, Industry and Commerce Department, and Customs of Guangxi Province on illegal trade in marine turtles.

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Tuesday
Nov272012

Study raises concern over international trade in python skins

Geneva, Switzerland, 27th November 2012—A new study finds that close to half a million python skins are reported as exported annually from South-East Asia. The main importer is the European fashion and leather industry. The study raises concerns over the illegality in parts of the trade, animal welfare issues and the trade’s impact on the conservation of python populations.

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Friday
Nov232012

EU closes shark finning loophole

Brussels, Belgium, 23rd November 2012—Members of the European Parliament this week voted overwhelmingly in favour of making it a requirement for EU fishing vessels only to land sharks with their fins still attached.

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